Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands, Washington State, USA
The beauty of the Pacific Northwest at Deception Pass is unsurpassed. Beaches, trails, tide pools and campgrounds offer visitors many options to enjoy the park. Deception Pass State Park is the most visited park in Washington State. Enjoy!
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands - Ferry Tour and Best Pizza In Washington State!
You can't get any further from New York City and still be in the continental USA, but Friday Harbor on San Juan Island has some of the best NY Style pizza in the Pacific Northwest for sure.
The ferry ride to Friday Harbor departs from Anacortes on Fidalgo Island and about an hour later pulls into the main San Juan Island. The views along the way are incredible for the nature-lover, and all will enjoy the sea planes that land and take off around you and the random military fighter jet that shows up to provide an escort.
Enjoy the views from the ferry and the brief tour of Friday Harbor before sitting down at 'Cousin Vinnie's' old school pizza place, decorated with some old black and white photos and adorned with an old fashion juke box.
A quick stop at the wine and cheese bar is also worth it and don't leave the island without checking out the Whale Museum - gives all a good insight into the lives of the local Orcas that are often seen among the San Juan Islands.
Living in Anacortes, WA
Hear from some locals as we explore the area and learn about what Anacortes, WA has to offer in this edition of City Skinny!
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Seattle Southside and Washington State Parks
Explore the parks near Seattle Southside with a Travel Enthusiast.
Living in Bellingham, WA
Hear from some locals as we explore the area and learn about what the Bellingham area has to offer in this edition of City Skinny!
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Orcas Resort and State Park | San Juan Island, Washington
Washington State Ferry ride to Orcas Island, stay at Rosario Resort, and a visit to Moran State Park for vista at Mount Constitution.
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Island Cabin Getaway - Ben Ure Island, San Juan Islands/Deception Pass
We finally got a chance to reserve the cabin on Ben Ure Island. Unfortunately my remote mic decide to not work, but the audio isn't bad when I am near.
The Ben Ure Cabin at Deception Pass is on Ben Ure Island near Cornet Bay, with views of Puget Sound and Mount Baker. Access is only by beachable human-powered watercraft such as a kayak or rowboat. The modern cabin is 12-by-24-feet in size and features a large deck overlooking the water, as well as a picnic table, fully furnished electric kitchen, queen size futon, electric heat, lights, bathroom and outdoor shower. Visitors must take along their own drinking water to the site.
In the late 1800s, the rowdiness from all the drunk loggers at a dance hall and saloon would echo across this forested island. Trader Ben Ure used the island to smuggle in illegal Chinese immigrants for manual labor around the region.
In the last two decades, the state park has bought 8 out of the 10 acres on Ben Ure Island, including the cabin on the southwest corner that’s now available for rent.
To give the four private homes on the island privacy, the state park allows public access to just cabin renters (maximum two people per stay) with only kayaks or other nonmotorized boats allowed to and from the island.
Ben Ure and his partner Lawrence Pirate Kelly were quite profitable at their human smuggling business and played hide-and-seek with the United States Customs Department for years. Ure's own operation at Deception Pass in the late 1880s consisted of Ure and his Native-American wife. Local tradition has it that his wife would camp on the nearby Strawberry Island (which was visible from the open sea) and signal him with a fire on the island's summit to alert him to whether or not it was safe to attempt to bring the human cargo he illegally transported ashore. For transport, Ure would tie the people up in burlap bags so that if customs agents were to approach he could easily toss the people in bags overboard. The tidal currents would carry the entrapped drowned migrants' bodies to San Juan Island to the north and west of the pass and many ended up in what became known as Dead Man's Bay.
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Scenic Drive Whidbey Island - State Route 525 Clinton
Scenic drive on inter state route 525 south towards Clinton, Washington, United States. See contrasting conditions in 5 minutes of driving.
Whidbey Island is one of nine islands located in Island County, Washington, in the United States. Whidbey is located about 30 miles north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington.
Taken 15th January 2012 on a Canon IXY 30S
Bucket List RV Road Trip - Anacortes, WA to Olympia, Wa
Traveling with our 2 shih tzu in our 1991 Tioga Class C RV visiting several bucket list attractions. We begin the third leg of our Bucket List Expedition by backtracking from Anacortes, WA to Olympia, WA.
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Skiing Alpental Ski Area Washington State with Jim 12-20-2017